LIVINGSTON, NJ - Emmy-winning journalist Campbell Brown shared the choices she has made in her personal and professional life, as they keynote speaker at "Choices," a fundraising event organized by the Women's Philanthropy United Jewish of MetroWest New Jersey, part of the United Jewish Communities of MetroWest New Jersey (UJC). The event drew a full house at the Crystal Plaza.
Brown, who converted to Judaism after she married Fox News analyst Dan Senor in 2006 ,spoke about her experiences as a journalist and her family life. Brown was born and raised in Louisiana to a Catholic family. She graduated from Regis College in Denver with a BA in political science. Many television viewers know Brown from her days as a journalist and broadcaster on CNN. Prior to joining CNN Brown was with NBC News for over a decade. She served as co-anchor of NBC's Today Weekend Edition and correspondent for NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, NBC News Channel, MSNBC and CNBC.
Brown left CNN in 2010 to spend more time with her two sons and husband. She served as NBC White House correspondent during former President George W. Bush's first term and also traveled extensively with former President Bill Clinton. Brown won an Emmy for her reporting during Hurricane Katrina.
For two years, Brown held the CNN anchor job during the 8 p.m. Eastern time slot, the same time occupied by Bill O'Reilly of Fox and Keith Olbermann of MSNBC. During the question and answer period, Brown was asked about her time at CNN and why she resigned before her contract was up. She responded that she left mainly because of poor ratings.
"I was pressured by my boss to be more confrontational with my guests and be more like my competition (Reilly and Olbermann) and I was not comfortable doing that," she said. "We live in a world today where a lot of the news is delivered with a dramatic, opinionated flare and I am more old-school journalism."
The United Jewish Communities MetroWest N.J. or UJC is an organization commited to building and maintaining a strong Jewish community through social atcivism, educational programs and financial relationships with numerous businesses. UJC is not only active in North America but also has a reach on a world wide scope. Women's Philanthropy United Jewish of MetroWest New Jersey (WP) works with Jewish women through special programs and activities that enrich their lives here in America, Israel and other parts of the world. Wells Fargo Advisors, Wells Fargo Bank, Wiss and Company, LLP., Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel LLP., Friedman LLP., Rothstein Kass and Tishbi Estate Winery were among the corporate partners in support of the event.
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